Scott County moves forward with repairs from flooding

Thursday, June 26, 2008

BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County is moving forward with repairs to buildings, roads and other structures that were damaged as a result of flooding due to heavy rains this spring.

During Tuesday's regular commission meeting, Joel Evans, county developer and emergency management director, shared preliminary plans and estimates for repairing some county roads and bridges. That information will also be used in a formal request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"We're really heading in the right direction with this FEMA stuff," Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger said.

He said Evans and Highway Department superintendent Norman Brant are touring the infrastructure "to keep us abreast of what's going on."

"Plans are also moving forward for the renovation and repair of the law library and other areas of the courthouse that were damaged as a result of the floodwater," Evans said.

"We're working out the logistics of relocating it until we restore the areas," he said.

Officials hope to have repairs to the library, as well as the small courtroom and second floor hall, completed by Aug. 1.

Anonymous letter

In other news, commissioners addressed complaints in an anonymous letter regarding the use of county vehicles for political campaign purposes.

In a copy of the letter that was sent to the Standard-Democrat, the person said they have seen Sheriff Rick Walter and some of his deputies in county cars putting up signs.

"I think anybody has a right to voice their opinion, and I don't have a problem with that," Burger said. "But I don't put a whole lot of credibility into an anonymous letter."

Upon receiving the letter last week, commissioners said they sent a copy of the letter to the sheriff's department.

Commissioners made appointments to two boards during the meeting. Reappointed to a three-year term on the board for the law enforcement restitution fund was Randy York. And appointed to four-year terms on the Riverside Regional Library Board were Myrna Cheek and Kathy Lynn.

Also during Tuesday's meeting, commissioners approved a bid for a new printer for Assessor Teresa Houchin's office.

Per Houchin's recommendation, the purchase was approved for a printer through Ikon Office Solutions for a total $1,620. Cartridges are not included in that cost and will be purchased separately, said Houchin.

The equipment is paid for through Houchin's assessment fund.

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